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Business & Politics

Lazar moves on after a decade of leading Forest Industry Association

Canada News Wire – Source FPAC
Press Release
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

OTTAWA – After ten years at the helm of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC), Avrim Lazar will be retiring to enjoy the next phase of his life. At the end of the month, he will be replaced on an interim basis as President and CEO by Catherine Cobden, now senior Vice-President of FPAC. Cobden has managed the association’s economic files and led the landmark Biopathways study into how to best transform the forest sector through innovation. A permanent replacement will be in place in September. “Avrim has been an extraordinary industry leader who has made giant strides in improving the environmental credentials of Canada’s forest products industry and who was pivotal in working with government to lay the groundwork for the sector’s transformation”, says Jim Lopez, the Chairman of the Board at FPAC. 

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TSX approves Fibrek’s private placement of special warrants to Mercer

Canada News Wire press release
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada

MONTREAL –  Fibrek Inc. (“Fibrek” or the “Company”) announced today that the Toronto Stock Exchange (the “TSX”) has determined to accept notice of Fibrek’s private placement (the “Private Placement”) of special warrants (the “Special Warrants”) to Mercer International Inc. (“Mercer”) and has conditionally approved the listing of the common shares issuable on conversion of the Special Warrants. Completion of the Private Placement is subject to customary conditions.

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Export Gains and Major Projects Help Drive BC’s Economy: RBC Economics

By RBC Economics Research
Canada News Wire
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

British Columbia’s economic growth is forecast to mirror the national average this year, building on export gains made in fast-growing Asian markets in 2011, according to the latest RBC Economics Provincial Outlook report by RBC Economics. …”There remains tremendous untapped potential for B.C.’s softwood lumber producers, despite the somewhat uneven progress in exports to China in the latter part of last year due to uncertainty in China’s housing market,” said Craig Wright, senior vice-president and chief economist, RBC. “Encouraging signs of recovery in the U.S. economy should also bode well for exporters, although wood product producers will need to wait until 2013 before seeing a more meaningful strengthening in housing construction south of the border.”

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Catalyst reaches 5-year cost-cutting deal with unions at 3 BC mills

The Canadian Press
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

VANCOUVER – Insolvent Catalyst Paper has reached cost-cutting labour agreements with unions representing more than 1,000 paper and pulp workers at three mills in British Columbia. Catalyst said it expects annual savings of $18 million to $23 million under the five-year deals with workers at its Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River mills…”Approval of the new labour agreements lets everyone know that the people who make up Catalyst are taking the actions necessary to save jobs and ensure we have a viable and competitive business for the future,” said president and CEO Kevin Clarke.

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Hinton Wood Products to hold open house in Edson

Edson Leader
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

Hinton Wood Products will hold an open house in Edson this month when company representatives will provide information on its detailed forest management plan, new general development plan and stand-tending plan… The open house will be held at the Edson and District Leisure Centre on Mar. 21… The company holds another open house in its home community, Hinton, on Mar. 22.

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Raw log exports remains coastal issue: CILA

Prince George Citizen
March 17, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

While raw log exports are making headlines across the province, it remains primarily a coastal issue, according to Central Interior Logging Association executive director Mary-Anne Arcand. Exports of raw logs – trees which have been harvested but not manufactured into higher-value products – increased by 136 per cent between 2009 and 2011, according to a report by the B.C. NDP. On the coast, approximately 40 per cent of all trees cut were exported as raw logs. “[But] there is not a lot in the central interior,” Arcand said. “We have a lot of [local] markets for this wood as lumber. I did a survey of our members… for 80 per cent of our members, it’s not on their radar.”

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Workers take 10 per cent pay cut in Catalyst labour deal

Victoria Times Colonist
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a deal that includes a 10 per cent pay cut, debtridden Catalyst Paper has negotiated a lifeline with unions representing more than 1,000 workers at its mills in Crofton, Port Alberni and Powell River. B.C.’s biggest pulp and paper company is anticipating savings of between $18 million and $20 million annually over five years. The agreements will run from May 1 to April 30, 2017. “Approval of the new labour agreements lets everyone know that the people who make up Catalyst are taking the actions necessary to save jobs and ensure we have a viable and competitive business for the future,” Kevin Clarke, president and chief executive officer, said Monday.

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Committee to meet with mill retirees

The Western Star
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: Canada East, Canada

CORNER?BROOK — The Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Union Pensioners Committee will be meeting with retired mill employees next week to update them on proposed changes to their pension plan. Spokesperson Gerald Parsons said there are roughly 500 pensioners from Corner Brook Pulp and Paper and its predecessor, Bowaters, who will be affected by the changes parent company Kruger Inc. is proposing. He said the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has granted Kruger the right to seek the permission of pensioners to change the funding of their pensions.

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Weyerhaeuser Set to Export OSB to Japan

Weyerhaeuser will soon produce JAS-certified OSB material for export to Japan.
PR Web (press release)
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Weyerhaeuser will soon produce JAS-certified OSB material for export to Japan. OSB (oriented strand board) panels are used in both residential and commercial construction in Japan, as wall and roof sheathing and as structural flooring panels. The Weyerhaeuser OSB mill in Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, Canada will produce the material under a JAS certification received from the APA in February. The mill will use a proprietary formulation specifically engineered to meet JAS strength and stiffness criteria, as well as the stringent F4 requirements for formaldehyde emission levels. Production to this standard will begin in April with the first material arriving in Japan in May. “We are very excited to be entering the Japan market,” said Chad Kelly, Hudson Bay Mill Manager.

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Biomass power company expanding into US market

Power Engineering Magazine
March 19, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States

Imperative Energy Ltd., a provider of biomass heat and power solutions in the UK and Ireland, said it is expanding its presence in the U.S. market with the announcement of two corporate milestones. The first is a partnership with Northline Energy, a Lynnwood, Wash.-based provider of biomass combustion systems… The second development is a proposed Bio-Park in Taunton, Mass. 

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Work returns to Bonner millsite as log chipping begins

The Missoulian
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

…Rail service has returned to Bonner, along with the startup of a wood chipping operation at the old Stimson Lumber Co. millsite. “We’re in business, it’s great,” said Jim Lewis, MRL sales and marketing director. About 85,000 tons of logs – most too small, crooked or dead to be used at a sawmill – have built up on the site since Mike Boehme and Steve Nelson bought the property from Stimson Lumber Co. in December.

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Chipping operations begin at old Stimson site

KPAX-TV
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: United States, US West

BONNER- Workers have started chipping some of the millions of logs that are now stacked around the former Stimson mill site, as a new partnership begins sending chips to a Washington State paper mill. It was just over 90-days ago that Western Montana Development announced it had purchased the former Stimson mill property in Bonner, and had lined up a contract with Willis Enterprises to use the land for log storage.

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Stora Enso to build 1.6 billion Euros pulp and board mill in China

Papernet.se
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

Stora Enso plans to build a plantation-based integrated board and pulp mill at Beihai city in Guangxi, southern China. The investment totals around 1.6 billion Euros. The mill site will initially include a 450,000 tons per year paperboard machine and pulp capacity of 900,000 tons per year, including necessary energy plant and auxiliary facilities. The ultimate target is to expand the paperboard capacity to 900,000 tons at a later stage.

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UPM to rebuild biological effluent treatment plant at Pietarsaari pulp mill in Finland

Lesprom Network
March 20, 2012
Category: Business & Politics
Region: International

UPM will begin a large construction project at its Pietarsaari pulp mill to rebuild the mill’s effluent treatment plant. The circa Euro 30 million investment will cover the rebuild of all of the main phases of waste water treatment… UPM Pietarsaari pulp mill is the biggest pulp mill in Europe with an annual production capacity of around 800,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp.

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Wood, Paper & Green Building

Canadians getting 30-story skyscraper made of wood

DVICE
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Nobody makes buildings out of wood anymore. Why? Because wood isn’t especially strong (relative to steel), it involves cutting down trees, it burns readily, and creepy crawly things live and/or feast on it. Despite these horrible shortcomings, brave architects are now planning to build a 30-story wooden skyscraper in Vancouver. …Both of these problems can be solved with large pieces of laminated timber, which is just a bunch of thin pieces of wood glued together. …. And believe it or not, wood is actually quite good at resisting fire: the outside chars, which serves to insulate the inside, preserving the overall integrity of the structure.

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Retro ads accompany return of Mad Men

Globe and Mail
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

…Domtar decided to run an ad focusing on research it says shows that people read faster and retain more when reading on paper – and with old-style illustrations of a boy reading a comic book. “As soon as we learned about [the vintage issue], we gave them a call,” said Matt Ferguson, a managing partner with Eric Mower + Associates in South Carolina. “It’s a reminder that the classics are still in vogue, and still relevant.” There was some hesitation, however, about putting Domtar’s brand in an out-of-date context, given that it is marketing itself in an increasingly paperless world.

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Domtar Uses ‘Mad Men’ Season Premiere to Promote the Benefits of Reading on Paper

Justmeans
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada

Domtar Corporation today announced that with Newsweek planning a retro edition to promote the new season of “Mad Men,” Domtar will run a 1960s-style ad that shows while we live in a more digital age, people still read faster on paper. “We’ve seen studies that show whether you’re an executive or a millennial, people prefer to read on paper, and it’s faster to read on paper,” said Lewis Fix, Domtar’s Vice-President of Sustainable Business and Brand Management. …The Domtar ad … shows a boy dressed as a superhero and reading a comic book…

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Proposal would be a help

Daily Observer
March 18, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

PETAWAWA – The town is backing a resolution that calls on the Ontario Building Code to permit the use of wood in the construction of buildings up to six storeys high. …Proposing adoption of the motion, Councillor James Carmody said it was important to support an industry which helps so many area residents make a living.  “There’s a significant portion of our population that is involved either directly or indirectly with the forest products sector. It’s an industry that’s been depressed for a number of years for a variety of reasons.”

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Research consortium for wood in mid-rise buildings

National Research Council Canada
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: Canada East, Canada

Designers and developers in Canada and around the world are becoming increasingly interested in expanding the use of wood as a structural material for buildings. Applications include wood-based structural elements in higher buildings, such as mid-rise structures (5-6 storey), and those encompassing larger areas. Before wood can be used more extensively in these applications, research needs to be carried out to ensure that building code requirements can be met in key areas of performance. A consortium has been established to develop technical data pertinent to the use of wood-based structural products in mid-rise buildings. The focus will be on structural integrity, fire safety, acoustics, and building envelope performance.

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When Red Is Green: Tests Confirm Environmental Superiority of Redwood

Building-Producs.com
March 19, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States

Green, green, green. Everywhere you look, you see the green building message. But how should “green” really be measured? The emerging answer appears to be that building with sustainable, environmentally responsible materials is the one, true “green” way to build. A truly natural, renewable resource, redwood is a material that can actually reduce the greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. California Redwood Association enlisted help from the independent Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials (CORRIM) to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) to better understand and compare redwood decking to plastic composite decking.

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Recommended: Could this $30 million green tower be the future of world cities?

MNS News
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

SEATTLE – An office building that lasts 250 years with no monthly electricity or water bills? It may sound like an environmentalist’s pipe dream, but it will soon be a reality, say the builders of what they hope will be the biggest office tower in the nation that produces as much water and electricity as it consumes. Currently rising from a pit in downtown Seattle, the $30 million, six-story “living building” is being spearheaded by Denis Hayes and Jason McLennan, who believe they can save the world one building at a time by reducing the massive energy appetites of modern cities. …All timber frames and other wood will be certified as sustainable by the Forest Stewardship Council.

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Demand drives Idaho construction costs up

The Idaho Statesman
March 20, 2012
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US West

Prices of construction materials rose sharply nationwide, and Idaho contractors and suppliers say they are seeing the same trend in certain areas. “Some (products) related to crude oil prices, like roofing and resin products like PVC, are up,” said Peter Alexander, CEO of BMC, a building materials company in Boise. “Also, lumber prices from the Canadian mills are heading up as capacity has been managed down and demand is up from countries like China, Korea and Japan.”

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Forestry

Experts look south for wildfire protection guidance

Canadian Press
March 18, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

EDMONTON — Experts are looking south of the border for ideas on how to better protect municipalities and homes in Canada’s forests from being ravaged by wildfires. In the United States, federal agencies have helped 720 communities in 40 states develop plans to prevent forest, brush and grass fires from destroying property and threatening lives. A non-profit group wants to use the Firewise Communities USA program as a model for Canada, but warns long-term success will depend on sustained funding from Ottawa.

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Process in place to remove private land from woodlots

Prince George Citizen
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

A regulatory change allowing the removal of private land from a woodlot licence is now in effect and winning applause, although holders will still have to jump through a few hoops before securing the go-ahead. The change, which came into effect on Saturday, comes after an amendment to the Forest Act was introduced in the fall in answer to licensees who want to pursue other opportunities with their private land such as agriculture and ranching. Others have said they want to sell their private land for financial reasons such as retirement planning.

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Ensuring the future of forestry

Often-overlooked industry a much-needed source of diversification in products, markets
Edmonton Journal
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada West

In a province heavily dependent on the energy sector, it is easy to forget that other industries make important contributions to our economy. Forestry, comprising wood products, bio energy, and pulp and paper companies, is certainly one of the industries often overlooked. Based on 2010 information, the industry sells $4 billion in goods and services and generates $200 million in personal and corporate tax revenues per year. About 18,000 Albertans are employed directly or indirectly in forestry, and most of the over $3 billion spent by forestry companies each year is in more than 50 communities in rural Alberta.

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Funding urged for smart Christmas tree research

CBC News
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

The Christmas Tree Council of Nova Scotia is asking local growers to invest in the science of growing the perfect Christmas tree. The SMART Christmas Tree Research Co-operative is trying to raise $350,000 to fund research into growing a balsam fir that stays fresher for a longer period of time. “We had a very good turnout at our first annual Christmas tree research update where several of the researchers presented their findings to date,” said Georg Ernst, the president of the co-operative. “I think everybody left that very, very pleased and their interest peaked in the research that has been accomplished to date.”

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Dean of the Faculty of Forestry to address Parks and Environment Committee of Toronto City Council on Emerald Ash Borer

University of Toronto
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada East, Canada

TORONTO, ON – Dr. Sandy M. Smith, Dean of the Faculty of Forestry, will make a presentation on managing the impacts of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in Toronto to the Parks and Environment Committee of Toronto City Council on Friday, March 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Committee Room 1 at Toronto City Hall. EAB is an invasive insect that infests and kills ash trees. It’s on track to destroy Toronto’s ash trees over the next five years, potentially costing the city and taxpayers millions of dollars and significantly depleting the city’s canopy cover.

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Double Trouble From Mountain Pine Beetles?

New York Times
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The evolution of mountain pine beetles to produce two generations of beetle per year instead of one has probably been a factor in the unparalleled damage that insects have caused in pine forests in the western United States and Canada over the last decade, according to a new study. The findings, published online in The American Naturalist, may explain in part how the scale of beetle-killed forest in the West became so vast. The number of acres killed in the last decade or so is 10 times that of any previous epidemic recorded, and it’s not over. The damage stretches from California across the prairies to the east, and from New Mexico to northern Canada.

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Why USGBC Should Recognize SFI: Beyond Green Construction – Why Papermakers Should Pay Attention

by Dr. Laura M. Thompson, Director, Technical Marketing and Sustainable Development, Sappi Fine Paper, North America
SFI Good For Forests blog
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed one of the leading rating tools for design, construction, operations and maintenance of buildings. Their LEED rating tool is built upon a point system based on a breadth of criteria for energy and environmental design. One criteria addresses sourcing wood from certified forests. Within LEED for Existing Buildings: Operations and Maintenance, points are awarded for procurement of consumables (e.g. envelopes, tissue products, and copy paper) that are FSC certified. In a recent update to their rating tool, USGBC has indicated that points for certified wood would be awarded for products that are “FSC or better.” This designation has caused quite a stir amongst many stakeholders.

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Forest Informatics, Inc. and USDA-FS-PSW Redding Announce a New Hybrid Model for Young Plantations in California and Oregon

Yahoo! Contributors Network
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

Forest Informatics, Inc., a forestry consulting company, announced today, in partnership with PSW-Redding, the release of an updated CONIFERS forest growth model with the SWO-HYBRID variant and the updated interface package, rconifers, to run the model from the R environment, a freely-available and open-sourced statistical computing and graphics environment. The new SWO-HYBRID variant of the CONIFERS model allows forest managers and researchers to evaluate plant growth with a process-driven system at the individual tree and shrub level and gives them a platform to test their assumptions about planting densities, species compositions, and vegetation management for young forests under various weather conditions.

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Deep Creek forest canopy project shelved

Associated Press
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: US East, United States

SWANTON — The forest canopy walkway project at the Discovery Center located at Deep Creek Lake State Park has been scuttled it does not meet the accessibility needs for individuals with disabilities, according to the Maryland Park Service. “The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has concluded that it is not practical to build an observation tower of 70 to 80 feet in height with an external elevator,” Nita Settina, superintendent of the agency, said in an email.

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Mondi celebrates World Forest Day and World Water Day

Packaging Europe
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

To cultivate greater awareness about World Forest Day (March 21), World Water Day (March 22), and the sustainable management of forest and water resources, Mondi has launched an online site that features a short trivia question and offers prizes for participating… The concept of World Forest Day originated at the 23rd General Assembly of the European Confederation of Agriculture in 1971 as a means of increasing public awareness of the global importance of forests. 

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VicForests told to pay Brown Mountain legal costs

ABC News, Australia
March 20, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Environment Victoria has received a notice from the Supreme Court that VicForests must pay the group more than $600,000. The amount is 90 per cent of the legal costs for the Brown Mountain court case 18 months ago, in which Environment East Gippsland successfully sued VicForests for trying to log protected wildlife habitat.

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Groundwater not enough for parched forest

Science Network Western Australia
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

DROUGHT and competition stress are killing trees in WA’s northern jarrah forests at an unprecedented rate that researchers fear could destroy whole sections of bushland. Scientists at Murdoch University’s school of biological sciences assessing forest health from the air over the course of last year discovered large patches of dead and dying trees scattered across the forest on a scale never seen before. Post doctoral fellow George Matusick says 1600ha was severely affected—1.6 per cent of an 8.8 per cent sample of 16,800ha forest—with another five per cent discoloured.

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Xerox says it’s not involved in controversial logging effort

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
March 19, 2012
Category: Forestry
Region: International

Xerox Corp. is denying it does business with an Singapore-based paper giant, Asia Pulp & Paper Co., that is currently the target of a Greenpeace International campaign. The environmental activist organization has been waging a publicity campaign in recent months against AP&P, charging it with illegally logging ramin, an endangered species of wood in Indonesia, which is in turn threatening the habitat of Sumatran tigers. As part of Greenpeace’s campaign, it is telling people to contact a number of companies, including Xerox, to urge them not to do business with AP&P.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Replanting Program Sees Moderate Interest

HQ Prince George
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada West

The Forests Ministry is reviewing a small list of companies who have expressed an interest in reforesting a small amount of Crown land in exchange for carbon credits. The land in question would be fire or pine beetle killed areas not suitable for harvest. Minister Steve Thomson says four companies have responded to the government’s call for proposals and he is hoping to give one or two of them a go-ahead in the near future.

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Global rainforest carbon map released online

Mongabay.com
March 18, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Researchers have posted carbon stock data for the world’s tropical forests on ArcGIS Online, a web-based mapping platform developed by Esri. The data, based on satellite measurements from NASA including LiDAR and MoDIS data as well as on-the-ground field measurements, reveals the biomass of tropical forests at a 500-meter resolution, the highest resolution ever published on a global scale. Rainforests in the Amazon, Borneo, New Guinea, and the Congo Basin are particularly carbon-dense, reflecting the importance of conserving these areas for climate change mitigation efforts.

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Failed energy subsidies push ‘fantastic’ for forests

ABC News, Australia
March 20, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Forest campaigners say a failed bid to subsidise the burning of forest waste will protect Western Australia’s forests from more logging. A motion by independent MP Rob Oakeshott called for valuable renewable energy certificates for electricity generated from state forest waste. The motion was rejected in Federal Parliament yesterday. A spokeswoman for the WA Forest Alliance, Jess Beckerling, says it is a win for forests around the country.

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Uni’s £6m plan to hit energy targets

This is Staffordshire
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

A £6 MILLION project led by Staffordshire University is to help the UK catch up in the race to hit renewable energy targets. Biomass expert Dr Sacha Oberweis, who is leading the ARBOR project, said the UK is “light years” behind the rest of Europe. Part of the scheme, which has been funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will involve building a biomass wood combustion boiler in Stoke-on-Trent to provide the city with renewable energy.

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Cloud forests face destruction

ScienceAlert
March 19, 2012
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International

Many of the world’s rarest and richest forests – its high-altitude cloud forests – could be all-but obliterated by 2080 due to the combined impact of man-made climate change and habitat destruction. Writing in the journal Nature Climate Change, an international scientific team has warned of the near-total loss of one of the world’s most delicate ecosystems, the Mexican cloud forest, along with 70 per cent of its plant and animal species, as a result of human pressures.

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